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285 Conquest Compared to Pursuit, Grady White, and Others
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posted 02-14-2010 07:41 PM ET (US)
I am shopping for a new or late model used boat of [28-feet with a cuddy cabin]. [Give your] thoughts on [the Boston Whaler 285 CONQUEST, the PURSUIT 285, and the GRADY-WHITE SAILFISH 282]. Also, is there anything comparable built by another manufacturer I am overlooking?
posted 02-14-2010 08:06 PM ET (US)
[Moved to POST-CLASSIC.]
posted 02-15-2010 07:50 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the editorial oversight Jim.
Actually a cuddy cabin isn't that important to me. I am looking for a top quality fibreglass deep V hull boat 25-20 feet with twin outboards and good weather protection (i.e. full windshield, full cabin or hard (preferred) or soft top and side curtains. Most boats which have these features also have a cuddy cabin.
Other boats I have considered include Parker and Carolina Classic. Although a good boat, the Parker is a little too utilitarian and unattractive for my tastes. The Carolina Classic 25 is available as a single inboard with cabin heat and I like it, but it may be a bit too small for my purposes. The next size up Carolina Classic is 28 feet, but it's too heavy at 15,000 lbs.
The Conquest 285, Pursuit OS 285 and GW 282 all weigh in about 10,000 - 12,500 lbs. wet. With twin 250's I expect 45-50 MPH top end, 30 knot cruise, and with 20 or 21 degree deadrise on the V hull I think all can handle some rough weather.
posted 02-15-2010 08:35 AM ET (US)
Correction: I meant 25-30 feet.
posted 02-15-2010 02:34 PM ET (US)
I have a 2007 Conquest 285 with twin Verado 225's. I use it mainly for family boating since I do most of my fishing on a little 19' skiff in the rocks and near shore waters. The Conquest is an excellent cruising boat with top notch fit and finish. It is well laid out and functional. The seating setup (port side lounge and stern fold down seat) is second to none.
If your primary need is hardcore fishing, I would go with the Grady 28 or the Pursuit. My buddy has the Grady and it is a bit more "fishy" than the Whaler. Also, he burns a few gallons per house less gas than me at cruise. I burn about 20 gph at 26 kts.
The Whale rides beautifully although I haven't had it out in bad seas. The Verados provide plenty of power and have been reliable so far. As a family cruiser, the Conquest is highly rated in my book. It's a great fishing platform too but if that's your primary usage, I'd consider Grady or Pursuit (or others).
posted 02-16-2010 03:05 PM ET (US)
Thanks tyler993. It seems you like the GW 282.
One thing I do not like about the GW 282 is the walkaround layout. It seems to me that it makes the driver/passenger seat area narrower, compared to the Conquest and Pursuit models which have a full width windshield and wider gunwhales.
I appreciate that the walk around feature makes it easier to walk to the bow to dock, work the anchor or even play a fish, but since I expect to spend most of the time piloting the boat I would rather have the room there.
How do you find this works in the real world on your friends GW 282?
posted 02-17-2010 11:06 AM ET (US)
I noticed that the dry weight of the GW is about 6700 lbs (without engines), considerably lighter than the Conquest 285 w/out engines, which BW lists as 7500 lbs.
Perhaps this accounts for the fuel savings mentioned - I wonder if it also means more top speed for the GW 282.
Unfortunately GW no longer publishes the performance specs for the 282 on its website since it is no longer in production.
posted 02-18-2010 08:41 AM ET (US)
I would imagine the 282 info is similar to the 283.
posted 02-18-2010 10:42 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the link Transam! I went to the Yamaha website and found an archived data sheet for the GW 282 Sailfish with twin 250HP Yamahas. Exactly what I was looking for. Very helpful.
posted 02-18-2010 01:38 PM ET (US)
I don't think you will go wrong with any of your choices. All excellent boats. If you prefer Mercury power, the Whaler will fit the bill. If you are a Yamaha guy, the Pursuit or Grady will likely be powered with twin 250 Yamaha's
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